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The Soldier in Later Medieval England$
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Adrian R. Bell, Anne Curry, Andy King, and David Simpkin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199680825

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680825.001.0001

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Other Kinds of Soldiers

Other Kinds of Soldiers

(p.179) 5 Other Kinds of Soldiers
The Soldier in Later Medieval England

Adrian R. Bell

Anne Curry

Andy King

David Simpkin

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the military service of other types of soldiers (hobelars; armed men; crossbowmen; gunners; support personnel; replacements) in the Hundred Years War. We describe their functions and investigate their contribution to the English military effort. Using the databases, we question why they served, how long for, whether they can be described as professionals, whether they only served occasionally. We also look at where they served (land expeditions, naval service, garrison activities). We investigate the documents’ terminology and how such soldiers were used (military strategy). Did they perform different functions in the English army and could they progress in rank? We discuss their position with the military retinue and investigate their civilian occupations and social position

Keywords:   Hundred Years War, function, rank, civilian occupation, hobelars, armed men, crossbowmen, gunners, support personnel, replacements

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